Austria:Austrian government has approved the law banning the headscarf in primary schools.
The measure proposed by the ruling right-wing government.
Both parts of the governing coalition has made it clear that the law is targeted at the Islamic headscarf.
FPOe education spokesman Wendelin Moelzer said the law was “a signal against political Islam” while OeVP MP Rudolf Taschner said the measure was necessary to free girls from “subjugation”.
The government says the patka head covering worn by Sikh boys or the Jewish kippa would not be affected.
Austria’s official Muslim community organisation IGGOe has previously condemned the proposals as “shameless” and a “diversionary tactic”.
The IGGOe says that in any case, only a “miniscule number” of girls would be affected.